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Just accepted the SparkPeople 8-week diabetes weight loss challenge 6 days ago--so far I've lost 7 lbs. (But I don't know how reliable my scale is. The important thing is my weight and my blood glucose levels have gone down.) My goal is to lose 50 pounds by next July.

Well, it's been a little less than 7 months since I joined SparkPeople. I'm happy with the progress I've made toward adopting a healthier lifestyle. I'm exercising on a regular basis (usually 6 days/week, at least 30 min/day), watching my portion sizes, watching the amount of carbohydrates I eat (though the low blood glucose issues have me eating more carbs than I'd like), and trying to get in those 4 fruit/vegetable servings and 8 glasses water/day.

I've lost 30 lbs. more or less, which is good, but I'm disappointed that my weight loss has slowed as much as it has. At the rate I'm currently going, I won't meet the 50 lb-loss by July 2012. I do so want to be out of the obese BMI category, so I'm still committed to following the healthy living plan. I would just like to see more results.

So where to from here? I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. After that, I will reassess my efforts and try to focus on getting healthier (that means keeping my cholesterol and blood glucose under control) and staying fit (continuing to exercise on a regular basis). I would like to eat fewer carbohydrates as well since I think that will contribute to greater weight loss.

The team challenges have been a great motivator in helping me to continue to exercise. Thanks to all the people who take the time to create them and keep them going.

Member Since: 8/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 11,922

My Goals:
1. Lose 50 pounds
2. Consistent FBG under 120
3. Eat at least 4 servings of fruits and veggies daily

My Program:
Using the SP Nutrition Tracker and Meal Planner
Exercising 3-5 days/week and using the SP Fitness Tracker
Eating fewer carbohydrates
Joined the 8-week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge

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I'm married with two adult children, and I have 3 grandchildren. My mother, who has Alzheimer's, lives with me, and I am her primary caretaker. We live in the Chicago area.

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    Hi guys. Thanks for checking in on me. I've been MIA from SparkPeople since summer vacation I think. I haven't given up on the healthy habits I learned, but I'm back for reinforcement. The weight (and my blood sugar numbers) have been creeping up. I have to get back into the habit of tracking my food. I've been exercising regularly now since November. So I'm slowly getting back on track.

    I hope you all are still doing well. I remember everyone was making great progress the last time I checked in on a regular basis.

    Happy New Year! emoticon
    1383 days ago
  • v CALGAL98
    Been a long time since I've seen your sunny face. Hope all is well! emoticon Merry, Merry Christmas! emoticon
    1398 days ago
    hey girl
    there are people missing you on the managing diabetes team..check in they are worried about you
    and keep the faith!!
    the lady mary emoticon
    1557 days ago
    YO Char! Hope you're having suuuper great weather. A little sunshine and warmth does me a world of good. So far we're having a bit of sun and blue skies every other day or so. Damp though it is. Still, it gives me hope!
    Butterfly hugs,
    emoticon ~Ruby in WA
    1640 days ago
  • v CALGAL98
    Come on need to take care of yourself! Hugs to help you get going! emoticon
    1642 days ago
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